The Dodgers swept the Cubs in a four-game series Sunday at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1988, when they won five in a row in July of that year.
The Cubs were blanked for the second straight day, losing 1-0 to righthander Stephen Fife, who was a late replacement for scheduled starter Zack Greinke.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to activate Fife from the disabled list to save Greinke for Monday night’s game in St. Louis. The Dodgers have now won a club-record 14 straight road games.
There is no rest for the weary, except for the weary Cubs, who finished the homestand 1-7.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to rest second baseman Darwin Barney and shortstop Starlin Castro, as well as catcher Welington Castillo. In their places were recent call-up Donnie Murphy at shortstop, rookie Logan Watkins at second and veteran backup catcher Dioner Navarro behind the plate.
“Four or five days ago I planned to give Barney the day anyway because of the day off (Monday),” Sveum said. “This way he gets two, as well as (Castillo). It gives two days off for guys who have been playing every single day, as well as Castro. That just kind of fell into place today anyway.”
Castro and Castillo wound up pinch-hitting in the ninth.
Sensational Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, who injured his left thumb making a diving catch Saturday, was not in the starting lineup. Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez left in the seventh inning after tumbling into the stands catching a foul pop up. He left clutching his right shoulder.
Carlos Villanueva (2-8 took the loss for the Cubs. Villanueva threw 43 pitches in the first two innings and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second.
The first two batters- Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier drew walks before A.J. delivered an RBI single to center to score Ramirez.
Villanueva went six inning, allowing one run on just two hits. He walked three and struck out five.
The Cubs stranded six runners through the first five innings. They wound up leaving nine on base for the game.